Mary Wells

Mary travels with her husband William Wells in the Book of Negroes. By the time of the Birchtown Muster they have been joined by a ward, George Dunlap, whose origins remain obscure. The tithable list suggests Mary was owned by Daniel Hutchins not Thomas.






Tithables for the Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk- 1773 - Western Division of the Borough of Norfolk

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Mary Daniel Hutchings - Norfolk

19/ May

Tithables for Western Precinct of the Borough of Norfolk - 1774 -

Source for this event: Norfolk County Virginia Tithables, Volume 3, 1766 - 1780
Name Owner
Mary Daniel Hutchings - Norfolk

7/ Nov

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Lord Dunmore's Proclamation - Norfolk

  • John Murray, Lord Dunmore -

    John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore (1732 – 25 February 1809), was the  colonial governor of Virginia at the outbreak of the American Revolution.

Source for this event: Lord Dunmore's Proclamation




Small Pox outbreak - Gwynn's Island

  • Small Pox -

    In January 1776  smallpox made an appearance in Virginia. Although smallpox had been present in the colony at times before there had never been such a serious and widespread outbreak.


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Treaty of Paris - Paris France

  • Treaty of Paris -

    In November 1782 a provisional peace treaty was hammered out between the British and the Americans in Paris.

Source for this event: Treaty of Paris


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Evacuation of New York - New York

  • Evacuation of New York -

    In April 1783 the first evacuation fleet left for Nova Scotia. A week later  the British Commander, Sir Guy Carleton, sailed up the Hudson River to Orangetown for a conference with General Washington to discuss the evacuation. As the victorious commander, Washington opened the meeting by reiterating the resolution of Congress regarding “the delivery of all Negroes and other property.”

Source for this event: The Book of Negroes
Vessel Names and their Commanders Where Bound Names Age Description Names of the Person in whose Possession they now are Remarks
Master: Hodgson
Port Roseway Mary Wells 35 stout wench George Low Formerly Slave to Daniel Hutchings, Norfolk. Left 8 years ago.
Mary Wells's Relationships


Birchtown Muster - Birchtown

Source for this event: Birchtown Muster of Free Blacks
Name Age Occupation Families they lived with Companies they belong to Remarks Company They Are Now With
Mary Wells 40 William Hale Potters Company Arrived 5 May 83 has received provisions in W. Hale's family from 25 May 83 to 24 May 84 Captain Thomas Francis' Company
Mary Wells's Relationships